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Vans World Cup of Surfing underway on Oahu's North Shore

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By Ramsay Wharton

SUNSET BEACH & WAIMEA BAY (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing continues Thursday at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup of Surfing. Surfers hit the water early and the high surf advisory couldn't have come at a better time.

The advisory was issued early Thursday morning with surf building to 15 foot faces. Surfers couldn't wait to warm up and jump in this infamous mile long and shifty wave break along Oahu's North Shore.

"The surfers are going to be on guard today, because it is such a challenging wave and very big playing field," said Former 9th ranked Professional Surfer, Marty Thomas, the managing director for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series. "They'll be riding boards that are much larger than they normally ride. That are in the 7, 6 to 8 foot range. Very challenging."

"Its the big wave spot. Waimea we have the Eddie but for big wave surfing, high performance big wave surfing, Sunset is the spot, said six-time Vans Triple Crown champion, Sunny Garcia. "The World Cup of Surfing is the biggest event in the world. Everybody wants to win it and I'm happy to say I had my name on there once." Garcia won the World Cup in 2000.

Others like 18-year-old Keanu Asing, the second ranked Junior Pro in the nation, aspires for the same. Asing, who's the top Junior Pro in Hawaii, had the highest scoring wave on the first day of competition.

"You know to get a wave like that is spectacular for me," said Asing. "And in that kind of moment, there's no other feeling. I can't even explain that moment. It's just a crazy moment for me."

Deana Hammet and her husband are spending three weeks in Hawaii and loving every minute of it, especially today's Triple Crown event.

"This is a real experience for us to come out here and see this tournament," said Hammet.

"Over 20 million dollars are pumped into the economy during the six weeks of Triple Crown series," said Thomas. "So, its very beneficial for the local economy as well as very entertaining for our visitors."

"With the economy being so bad, I'm grateful to be a surfer because you know, no matter what, everyone comes down to the beach and supports us," smiled Garcia. "So thank you to everybody for supporting surfing."

A winner will be crowned Friday.

 

For more information on the Vans Triple Crown, visit http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com

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